Firestorm Review, Guest Post and Giveaway!

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About the Book

 

Title: FirestormFires Storm

Author: Laura Hilton

Genre: Christian Amish

Release Date: July, 2018

Bridget Behr and her family migrate from the bustling Amish community where she grew up in Ohio to the mostly unpopulated Upper Peninsula of Michigan after a stalker breaks into their home. While her father and brother try to find work in the area, the family is forced to reside in a borrowed RV until the house and barn are rebuilt. While Bridget is hoping for a fresh start, she’s afraid to trust anyone—even Gabriel, the overly-friendly Amish man who lives nearby. Bridget thinks he’s a flirt who serial dates and doesn’t even remember the girls’ names.

Due to not enough construction work in his Florida community to keep him out of trouble, Gabriel Lapp has been sent to Michigan to work. His father is desperate for his son to settle down. When the family walks into Gabe’s home in the middle of a thunderstorm and he discovers their circumstances, he offers to help with construction. For Gabe, the beautiful girl he teasingly calls “the recluse” once he discovers she doesn’t attend youth events, confuses him like none other.

As Gabriel and Bridget grow closer, they realize there is more to a person than meets the eye. Just as Bridget is finally settling into her new life, and perhaps finding love, tragedy strikes. Now Bridget and her family must decide if they should move to another Amish community, or dare to fight for the future they’d hoped for in Mackinac County.

 

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My Perspective

 

Every time I read a book by Laura Hilton, I know it’s going to be good. Not only does she write interesting, outside the box Amish stories, but she writes characters that you can easily connect to, and it’s not hard to get swept up into their stories. There’s not a lot of kissing scenes in your typical Amish fiction, but when Laura Hilton is around, you can be sure to have a fan nearby. To be honest, I like them included. Amish people do have passion – and it’s nice to see it portrayed in Amish fiction!

I have to say that this book had me laughing. The first part of the book where Bridget and her family are seeing their new house for the first time, both at night and during the day just had me giggling. Then the mix up with the address (you’ll have to read to understand), I thought to myself, how does Laura come up with these crazy scenes? They are hilarious! And there is laughter throughout the book, which gave a nice tone to the book. It wasn’t all sorrow, or having just character development. It was fun. It was interesting. It made me want to keep reading and not stop! That being said, there was some fantastic character growth in both Gabe and Bridget, both together and separately. They both had so much to overcome and in true Laura Hilton fashion, they are able to keep moving forward with some help from the Lord, even with the bumps in the road.

Yes this novel offers excitement, action, fun, and some swooning, but it also offers a faith element that will really speak to you. I cannot wait to see what comes next in this already terrific series! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

About the Author

 

Laura pictureLaura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with over twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write.

Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.

When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.

 

 

 

Guest Post from Laura Hilton

 

I read a series of books a year or so ago by another Amish author who had set her books in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. As a Michigan native, I was curious, and I researched, but found nothing about Upper Peninsula Amish except a notation that one had tried and failed. So I contacted the author. She told me that she’d never been there, and her research had all been hearsay, so with that lack of firsthand knowledge and no trip to the Upper Peninsula planned, no trip to see for myself would be possible. At least at that time.

Then God intervened. My son who is in the United States Coast Guard was stationed in the Upper Peninsula this past summer (2017.) He saw the Amish driving around in their buggies. And he felt like a stalker as he followed one to see where he went and drove through the area. He even sent pictures. (Shhhh.)

Yes, there are Amish in the Upper Peninsula – at least at the time this book was written.

Okay, as a Michigan native, I used some terms that may not be familiar to non-Michiganders. A Yooper is someone who lives in the Upper Peninsula. A Troll is someone from the Lower Peninsula. A pastie is kind of like a Hot Pocket, except it’s a meat pie made with root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, and rutabagas. They are so good. And the straits are the area of the Great Lakes connecting Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

As for the wildfire, the earliest wildfire I could find any documentation on in the Upper Peninsula was in April. It is generally a snowy area — trust me. I lived near the Muskegon area and saw snow drifts in May. We sometimes had over six feet of snow on the ground at one time. So, to get the wildfire when I wanted/needed the wildfire I used artistic license. Yes, fires really happened in Michigan’s history. Just not in the month mentioned in the book.

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I am attaching a meme about Michigan seasons. We’ll call the fire set in “fool’s spring.” My son got married during the “third winter” this year. April 21 and there’s snow on the ground. He and his beautiful bride got married at a water fall (Tahquomenon Falls) very near where the story is set.

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Thanks for reading Firestorm!!

 

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Giveaway

 

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To celebrate her tour, Laura is giving away

Grand prize: Firefighter Puppet 9 (Melissa & Doug), Copies of Amish Firefighter and Firestorm by Laura Hilton.

First place prize of “I Love You to the Cross & Back” Mug (Gardenfire) & Firestorm by Laura Hilton!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/cf87/firestorm-celebration-tour-giveaway

6 thoughts on “Firestorm Review, Guest Post and Giveaway!

  1. Hi! Would love to win a print copy of Firestorm! Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the opportunity to enter a giveaway! Lual krautter krautter12ATbresnanDOTnet

  2. This looks like a great book. I also like the cover. I would love to add this to my collection.

  3. What a beautiful giveaway! 🙂 so generous, kind, and quite fun too! Sounds like a wonderful book to read! thanks for the chance at this giveaway!

  4. I love this author’s books. They’re always different than I expect from “regular” Christian fiction — in a good way.

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